Fauci: America is seeing a disturbing new surge in infections

Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci Night Health Care: Trump Refuses to Say If He Slowed Down Coronavirus Testing | COVID-19 cases in the United States are increasing, marking an ugly contrast with Europe | Trump health officials will testify about the continuing dangers of the coronavirus pandemic Trump health officials will testify about the continuing dangers of the coronavirus pandemic 12 Texas bars temporarily lose alcohol permits for violating coronavirus restrictions MORE, the administration’s chief infectious disease administration physician, told a House of Representatives panel Tuesday that the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a “mixed bag,” adding that a further increase in cases it is “disturbing”.

“In some ways, we have done very well,” Fauci said during an Energy and Trade Committee hearing, specifically praising the way New York has been containing the worst outbreak in the country to date.

“However, in other areas of the country, we are now seeing a disturbing increase in infections that seems to be a combination, but one thing is an increase in the spread of the community. And that is something that really concerns me.” Fauci said.

There are now about 30,000 new cases per day in the United States. The number of new cases had stabilized at around 20,000, and remained there for weeks before increasing last weekend.

The increase in the USA USA It occurs when the Trump administration has tried to paint a more optimistic picture of the US outlook. USA Both of them President TrumpDonald John Trump South Korea criticizes Bolton’s book as ‘distorting reality’ of nuclear talks Democrats face tough questions with Bolton protesters trying to tear down Andrew Jackson statue near White House MORE and Vice President Pence have tried to attribute the increase in cases to more tests being done.

The new peak in the US USA It is being driven in part by worsening outbreaks in the South and Southwest, including Arizona, Texas, Florida and the Carolinas, despite the fact that the situation has greatly improved in states that were once affected in the Northeast such as New York and Massachusetts

Many of the states that are now being hit hard were on the more aggressive side in reopening their economies.

“Right now, the next two weeks will be critical to our ability to address those surgeries that we are seeing in Florida, Texas, Arizona and other states,” Fauci said Tuesday.

Although cases are increasing, hospitalization and mortality rates have not increased. But contrary to what some administration officials have argued, Fauci said it was too early to jump to conclusions.

“Deaths always lag considerably behind cases. You’re seeing more cases now as deaths decrease. The concern is that if those cases infect people who end up getting sick and going to the hospital, you might see the deaths continue to top so I think it’s too early to say because deaths are declining, “Fauci said.

Fauci said he understands that young people have a “pent-up urge to go out,” but urged everyone to wear masks, continue to practice physical distancing, and adhere to guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fauci said that while young people might think they would not become seriously ill from the virus, they could still pass it on to others without knowing it.

“Although the overwhelming majority do it well, what you can’t forget is that if you get infected and spread the infection, even if you don’t get sick, you are part of the process of outbreak dynamics,” Fauci said. “What you could be spreading, perhaps innocently, is that you infect someone, that you infect someone, that you then infect someone who is vulnerable.”

Fauci, along with other top health officials, made clear that he believes the virus will remain a concern through the fall and will coincide with the flu season, despite Trump’s repeated efforts to minimize the severity of the outbreak.

CDC Director Robert Redfield urged the public to get a flu shot.

“This one act will save lives,” he said.

Fauci also said he was “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine would be available early next year.

Fauci, along with Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn, assured lawmakers that any potential vaccine will be safe and that the approval will be free of political influence.